Crossword SNITCH

A quantitative guide to the degree of difficulty of the Times Cryptic Crossword

Reference solvers for August 2016

The following solvers are used as references for the NITCH calculations in this month. The time indicated is their average solving time for error-free puzzles during the prior six months. The solvers average NITCH for each day of week is also shown, with the number of solutions for that day.

RankSolverSolutions usedAverage time MonTueWedThuFri
1Eylesie8505:31 80 (19) 117 (20) 103 (15) 105 (19) 93 (22)
2Magoo10105:49 79 (21) 103 (23) 99 (22) 101 (25) 117 (20)
3mohn6406:34 82 (15) 106 (15) 103 (16) 101 (15) 106 (13)
4Jason10107:03 81 (22) 106 (22) 101 (23) 96 (22) 113 (22)
5Lettuceleaf4207:12 87 (9) 84 (7) 85 (13) 129 (10) 107 (13)
6Eamon Ryan10707:28 94 (26) 98 (23) 102 (22) 102 (24) 103 (22)
7Bogota Eagle6108:16 86 (15) 105 (14) 99 (16) 105 (12) 104 (14)
8auchiedollie8008:51 88 (19) 103 (21) 99 (18) 106 (15) 103 (17)
9aphis999309:08 85 (20) 108 (22) 103 (20) 101 (23) 100 (18)
10verlaine9309:30 75 (20) 95 (20) 99 (21) 110 (18) 115 (24)
11richard8009:55 81 (15) 98 (20) 91 (17) 94 (19) 128 (19)
12alanconnor4610:32 87 (14) 98 (14) 99 (9) 119 (9) 105 (10)
13lickert9911:17 83 (24) 108 (21) 100 (21) 100 (22) 108 (21)
14Tom Stubbs10511:18 88 (24) 91 (23) 100 (22) 95 (24) 126 (22)
15tonysever10511:34 83 (23) 103 (23) 101 (22) 97 (24) 114 (23)
16Peter Fowler9312:06 95 (20) 102 (18) 98 (21) 101 (22) 102 (22)
17Heyesey7412:18 82 (19) 106 (18) 97 (17) 113 (17) 104 (13)
18Quizimodo10212:34 83 (21) 113 (24) 95 (24) 98 (21) 108 (22)
19chindit9912:37 83 (22) 99 (21) 98 (21) 102 (24) 117 (21)
20KenTurner9912:47 96 (21) 100 (25) 101 (20) 102 (21) 99 (22)
21Silva9612:49 82 (23) 110 (20) 97 (19) 103 (23) 108 (21)
22Toffer6913:26 83 (16) 96 (14) 108 (18) 96 (16) 113 (15)
23AlanS9213:27 79 (22) 101 (22) 96 (20) 102 (18) 121 (20)
24Topical Tim8413:36 77 (23) 98 (18) 103 (16) 106 (18) 119 (19)
25neilr8913:36 83 (23) 106 (21) 101 (21) 106 (16) 106 (18)
26mikegrocott7513:52 81 (22) 109 (16) 102 (16) 99 (16) 115 (15)
27Denis9814:01 89 (22) 98 (22) 96 (21) 103 (23) 114 (20)
28Stavros7714:03 86 (19) 107 (16) 97 (19) 98 (18) 114 (15)
29Tibthorpe9014:17 86 (19) 106 (20) 95 (20) 98 (19) 110 (22)
30mchalen10814:21 83 (25) 102 (24) 95 (24) 99 (21) 119 (24)
31jjp6014:26 84 (19) 116 (14) 94 (13) 105 (13) 107 (11)
32aphasic4714:42 83 (13) 105 (13) 101 (11) 102 (13) 117 (7)
33earlylight9114:43 96 (20) 103 (20) 99 (20) 98 (19) 102 (22)
34Sue Sweeper6315:02 79 (13) 98 (19) 107 (17) 88 (12) 125 (12)
35Margaretlarb5315:20 90 (14) 106 (14) 111 (11) 107 (11) 88 (13)
36AndyOwl9215:36 78 (21) 100 (21) 93 (19) 110 (20) 116 (21)
37Werm4815:48 77 (14) 109 (10) 84 (12) 119 (14) 117 (8)
38robinh8516:01 88 (20) 99 (20) 98 (17) 104 (18) 108 (20)
39sotira6616:06 83 (19) 115 (19) 88 (12) 90 (11) 116 (15)
40nesbitt5016:13 83 (15) 109 (15) 108 (11) 97 (11) 105 (8)
41rpb7516:15 83 (19) 110 (18) 105 (16) 90 (16) 112 (16)
42OliviaRhineb9716:30 77 (23) 103 (22) 101 (22) 101 (21) 119 (19)
43phthisis10016:37 90 (23) 95 (23) 103 (21) 108 (23) 103 (20)
44fshephe9217:12 75 (17) 95 (24) 102 (21) 102 (19) 118 (21)
45subbswamysg4217:21 88 (12) 93 (9) 109 (10) 109 (11) 99 (10)
46RHB5617:23 77 (13) 106 (14) 95 (16) 108 (13) 117 (10)
47Bernard S4917:57 91 (9) 102 (13) 103 (11) 102 (15) 95 (11)
48pterodactyl5318:24 88 (13) 95 (15) 112 (13) 107 (9) 99 (13)
49andyt7418:32 92 (18) 101 (14) 99 (16) 97 (16) 107 (20)
50GMcD9318:57 84 (23) 99 (21) 98 (19) 98 (18) 118 (22)
51Kevin Gregg4419:13 86 (10) 91 (9) 103 (13) 99 (12) 117 (10)
52David Crooks9519:17 92 (23) 98 (20) 98 (21) 100 (21) 110 (20)
53reindeer8019:21 88 (16) 97 (17) 90 (18) 111 (20) 108 (19)
54sampson6819:40 86 (17) 99 (16) 105 (18) 102 (18) 111 (9)
55John Arnold4019:54 99 (16) 96 (6) 95 (12) 120 (7) 94 (9)
56peter wild9520:15 77 (23) 105 (19) 98 (20) 99 (21) 119 (22)
57David P9220:27 84 (20) 100 (21) 92 (18) 108 (24) 113 (19)
58Zabadak9420:33 80 (20) 105 (22) 104 (19) 100 (23) 109 (20)
59Ben Ganly6120:44 86 (17) 105 (12) 106 (16) 89 (11) 111 (15)
60MickinEly25820:59 101 (10) 97 (18) 102 (12) 94 (14) 106 (14)
61AnneGinger7321:08 82 (18) 111 (16) 95 (15) 109 (19) 101 (15)
62trishwain3021:20 89 (9) 110 (7) 92 (7) 110 (8) 100 (9)
63Groucho6921:32 86 (16) 99 (20) 96 (14) 98 (16) 122 (13)
64Bobb7021:53 82 (15) 101 (21) 93 (14) 105 (13) 115 (17)
65PeterMabey7521:54 82 (18) 107 (17) 98 (19) 104 (21) 110 (10)
66NJeagle8322:10 84 (16) 96 (18) 103 (18) 93 (18) 114 (23)
67alanjcannon7522:12 80 (19) 103 (21) 103 (14) 101 (15) 115 (16)
68Helly Welly6422:16 83 (15) 93 (15) 94 (10) 98 (17) 123 (17)
69Edprof6922:44 79 (14) 99 (17) 100 (14) 96 (16) 118 (18)
70barracuda10222:52 75 (22) 104 (21) 97 (22) 94 (24) 127 (23)
71zythum9223:03 80 (21) 93 (21) 108 (18) 98 (20) 119 (22)
72Big Mick6823:13 86 (18) 102 (14) 95 (13) 97 (17) 118 (16)
73Bobchapman5223:46 76 (14) 88 (12) 85 (13) 111 (12) 149 (11)
74frost5224:01 79 (14) 120 (10) 97 (13) 97 (16) 120 (9)
75Galspray6624:02 71 (14) 91 (9) 82 (20) 109 (18) 143 (15)
76benedick6724:15 80 (10) 109 (20) 103 (18) 91 (16) 103 (13)
77Julian West5624:19 71 (14) 105 (13) 94 (16) 111 (13) 129 (10)
78Solver526324:36 87 (19) 110 (13) 95 (14) 95 (14) 119 (13)
79leonora5325:15 78 (14) 102 (12) 94 (11) 101 (15) 128 (11)
80crosswordian7926:06 80 (17) 103 (21) 100 (19) 106 (16) 109 (16)
81me_phobete6526:26 79 (16) 98 (14) 93 (11) 101 (15) 120 (19)
82Jefe3926:26 75 (10) 91 (8) 94 (8) 101 (13) 131 (10)
83burrowz1b3926:31 85 (7) 101 (13) 96 (7) 111 (10) 97 (12)
84KarenR6726:32 80 (17) 89 (16) 99 (13) 110 (15) 122 (16)
85Chadwick6026:44 76 (17) 113 (13) 103 (12) 108 (16) 105 (12)
86NAPASAI3726:59 81 (10) 116 (7) 92 (8) 100 (13) 114 (9)
87Son of Smug4328:14 85 (12) 115 (11) 90 (9) 92 (11) 117 (10)
88stockynige3528:49 76 (10) 108 (8) 92 (9) 122 (9) 105 (9)
89Prytherch5829:04 92 (9) 100 (12) 104 (12) 96 (17) 104 (18)
90Moles3829:20 88 (10) 106 (11) 98 (7) 94 (12) 116 (8)
91rosselliot3729:46 87 (10) 103 (11) 99 (8) 115 (9) 94 (9)
92anthea5829:49 100 (6) 96 (14) 102 (12) 100 (18) 100 (18)
93diogenes4729:53 76 (13) 97 (9) 107 (10) 99 (12) 119 (13)
94oldpalace4530:00 94 (10) 99 (14) 88 (7) 95 (8) 109 (16)
95Barry Smith5530:15 76 (13) 115 (13) 104 (7) 91 (16) 113 (16)
96MaxenEH4331:47 79 (10) 103 (10) 113 (12) 97 (13) 104 (8)
97Ron's mum4131:59 73 (6) 98 (9) 89 (11) 86 (12) 131 (13)
98Clovis3133:17 77 (10) 95 (7) 73 (9) 121 (6) 142 (9)
99Big Nug4933:22 81 (6) 99 (12) 81 (14) 95 (14) 132 (13)
100koro5233:49 82 (9) 107 (12) 83 (11) 107 (14) 107 (16)
101Jeeves5435:51 76 (11) 110 (10) 91 (11) 97 (15) 116 (17)
102cassandra3938:38 98 (8) 99 (12) 85 (7) 99 (9) 108 (13)
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